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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:03:59 AM »
The 1.4XTC lowers aperture by a stop and slightly degrades the image. So, the advantage of FF having better iso noise is lost by having to use a 1.4x higher f number. My choice, therefore, would be the 7D II.

This. 

Plus the AF degradation.  Plus the sheer silliness of considering putting a 1.4x on a 50mm. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:24:18 PM »
And since I'm on a rant here, to those who think they somehow sound erudite by using the term "price point," stop it -- unless you're discussing a marketing plan or strategy. The price you're going to pay for an item is only a "price point" to the marketing organization. To you, the buyer, it's just the price.

To whom are you referring to? Nobody in the entire thread, except you, used the word price point, unless they since edited it.  Though I see no issue with someone using the term to describe the general price that a product would be sold for.  It may not be strictly correct, but I find it less offensive than unnecessarily working in words like erudite.

"Erudite - having or showing great knowledge or learning."

This is our word of the day.

I'm well aware of what it means, I just found its use amusing in a rant about what I would consider a common term, and turning it into an attempt to look educated.

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EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:54:09 PM »
And since I'm on a rant here, to those who think they somehow sound erudite by using the term "price point," stop it -- unless you're discussing a marketing plan or strategy. The price you're going to pay for an item is only a "price point" to the marketing organization. To you, the buyer, it's just the price.

To whom are you referring to? Nobody in the entire thread, except you, used the word price point, unless they since edited it.  Though I see no issue with someone using the term to describe the general price that a product would be sold for.  It may not be strictly correct, but I find it less offensive than unnecessarily working in words like erudite.

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EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:48:00 PM »
+1. I am waiting for the same type of canon product. A new FF camera well-featured with a good performing AF. A merge of 70D and 6D called 6D mk II maybe... For a lower price than the 5D III which is too expensive for most of the non-pro photographers.

So really this isn't so much about features, it's simply that we want things cheaper.  A well featured FF with good AF is called a 5d3.  It's really not a merge of the 70D and 6D, it's the same camera it was before they stripped the AF system out of it and put a 6D label on it.


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And then you have the whole subset of camera owners that don't spend their day on internet chat forums discussing their cameras and which cameras they're going to buy.   Many of these people simply go out and buy something when it fancies them, without spending a year discussing it beforehand.

Yeah ... what's up with them?   ;)

I don't claim to understand them, I just know that they're there.  Watching.

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If there's on thing for sure, these deals are "never" deals.

Show me the person who paid 3200US for a 5d3 body. Thats beyond ridiculous. Its been 2800 for some time.

Also show me the lunatic who would pay 700+ for a t5i.

Maybe im a tiny bit seasoned on hardware costs, but these rebates are disingenuous at BEST.
Lastly, the price difference between the 6d and 5d3 is just psychotic. its damn near double the cost. I cant wait to see the 6d replaces, the AF is just embarrassing. Im preaching to quior, i know, but cmon...

I guess the 7d for 1k is a steal also...sheesh.

And then you have the whole subset of camera owners that don't spend their day on internet chat forums discussing their cameras and which cameras they're going to buy.   Many of these people simply go out and buy something when it fancies them, without spending a year discussing it beforehand.

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Post Processing / Re: Other postprocessing forums, anyone?
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:39:52 PM »
Model Mayhem has a pretty good retouching forum, but it's focused on portraiture of course.  You also need to qualify for membership either through (a small) demonstration of skill in at least one discipline portrait-based photography, retouch, modeling, makeup, etc.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 6D Accessories??
« on: December 08, 2014, 02:03:53 PM »
Try lying under horses, their hooves next to your precious camera :-> ...

I'm certain that the LCD screen would be the last thing on my mind.



... but my lcd scratches occur when walking about with the camera in my hand outdoors, and scratch something or bang into it. Sooner or later, this will happen, that's why you have sturdy mag camera cases or at least mag frames with more expensive cameras.

That's fine, but I disagree based on my own experience.  Unless we're talking very very fine scratches or many many years of use, I don't think the threat of scratches on the plastic screen cover is near as bad as people make it out to be.   

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 6D Accessories??
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:41:34 PM »
Hi Vivid.
With respect I have yet to see a plastic LCD screen that got all scratched up that doesn't detract from image quality (or resale value) and is as easy to change as a screen protector! Just a thought!
Someone did say the 6D screen is plastic didn't they?

And I have yet to see a screen protector that looks near as good as nothing at all so long as the screen isn't scratched up.  I have no idea what you guys are doing to your cameras to scratch them up so much, but I've never had an issue with mine.  My XTi spent 2 years in a backpack full of climbing gear traveling through S.E. Asia, and it still looks fine.  My phone comes in an out of pockets with keys and spare change countless times a day, tossed on tables, slid on floors, and chewed on by my kids, and it's fine too; never seen a need for these screen protectors some use, but never bothered to try to convince them otherwise either.  Some people like their gadgets and protectors and bubble levels, some don't.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:29:13 PM »
I really don't get the "ultrawide" fad.

In a year or so these will be coming out.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8496/dell-previews-27inch-5k-ultrasharp-monitor-5120x2880

Hopefully Adobe, Microsoft & Apple will catch up by then.  I've read enough reports of issues with 4k monitors and problems with scaling and performance.  Not to mention just having the graphics power to process it.  Hell, even video cables are straining to reliably pass the information.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:08:16 PM »
Hello again . I just found the section on raw for this camera . Sounds like we have to wait awhile for adobe to come out with raw format . I have a separate folder for all my raw files . I hope adobe comes out soon !!-Stevens-

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2014/11/camera-raw-8-7-and-dng-converter-8-7-now-available.html

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:07:01 PM »
I was wondering if theirs a raw format for this camera yet . I would REALLY LIKE to shoot raw . Please let me know . -Stevens-

There always was a raw format for the camera, it was the third party editing software that wasn't out yet.  But the latest Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and DNG converter all support the 7D2 now.

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Lighting / Re: YN 568ex ii Receivers?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:52:56 PM »
Well, 622 supports Canon's ETTL automatic flash exposure and 603 does not, so the question would entirely depend on whether you plan to use ETTL or use purely manual flash exposure, especially given the big price difference. 
If you get the YN 603 then make sure to get the Mark II version - they improved a couple of issues.

As mentioned above, if you're going to use eTTL then you need the 622, if you decide to stick with manual only then either the YN 603 II or the YN 560-TX.  The 560-TX is a bigger unit, but allows remote control of power and zoom with the Yongnuo 560 III flashes (in case you plan to expand later).  It can also trigger any YN 602 or 603 flashes (but you'd have to get an extra 603 II transceiver to work with your 568).

Okay sounds good I'm going with the 603 ii but if I buy yn 560 iii will its RF work if I have a 603 on camera and on my 568 ex iI?

Yes.  You put one 603 on the camera as the transmitter, and one on the 568 as a receiver.  The 560 III doesn't need a receiver, it's built in.

FYI: They just released the 560 IV.  It has a built in commander like the YN 560-TX.  So you can put this flash in your hotshoe and trigger any flash with a 603/602 attached as well as any 560 III or 560 IV (without receiver needed).  On top of that, it can control the power level and zoom of any 560 III and 560 IV flashes, from the master unit.

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Lighting / Re: YN 568ex ii Receivers?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:21:31 PM »
If you get the YN 603 then make sure to get the Mark II version - they improved a couple of issues.

As mentioned above, if you're going to use eTTL then you need the 622, if you decide to stick with manual only then either the YN 603 II or the YN 560-TX.  The 560-TX is a bigger unit, but allows remote control of power and zoom with the Yongnuo 560 III flashes (in case you plan to expand later).  It can also trigger any YN 602 or 603 flashes (but you'd have to get an extra 603 II transceiver to work with your 568).

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Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:11:00 PM »
Probably not a big deal for a sidecar, but that'd mean that the catalogs will increase dramatically as well.

Not dramatically: You can look at the sidecar files (or extract the XMP:xmp-MM dng tags with exiftool) and see that LR just stores the parameters where you brushed with what brush settings and so on. Much less data than pixels and nearly independent of the image res. What adds bulk to the LR catalog is the editing history and keywords.

Interesting.  So if you drag an adjustment brush does it just log a vector based on coordinates?

Keywords?  Why would that make a significant impact?

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